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SEC 420 WEEK 10 TERM PAPER
Term Paper: Current Attack Vectors and Secure Network Design
Due Week 10 and worth 160 points
A friend has recently started a business that has a large amount of intellectual property that he wants to ensure is kept secure and confidential. He plans to hire 75-100 employees within the next 18 months and is preparing to build his systems infrastructure across three (3) locations: one (1) primary headquarters and two (2) small satellite offices. All three (3) locations will occupy one (1) entire floor of a multitenant building. Your friend has asked your opinion regarding major technology choices that he must make for his business, such as operating systems, mobile devices, cloud services, and wireless networking.
Write a six to ten (6-10) page paper in which you:
1. Analyze the security features of Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems, and decide which you believe is the most susceptible to hackers based on hacking techniques and attack vectors. Justify your response.
2. Discuss the primary security concerns surrounding USB and other portable devices, and prioritize the major risks that your hypothetical friend must consider based on the level of potential harm the identified security concern may cause.
3. Take a position on whether you believe a network with wireless access points and clients, or a predominantly wired network, is more susceptible to a network attack. Suggest the tools that you would use to penetrate a wireless network in comparison to a network without wireless access points. Justify your response.
4. Consider the use of cloud providers to allow for access to data for employees and potential clients. Examine the general security concerns for cloud-based solutions, and validate whether or not you would consider the use of a cloud provider an optimal solution for...